Discovery Institute Caught Lying Again

How do you know the Discovery Institute is lying? Are they issuing a press release? Take this latest one.

U.S. Department of Education Backs Academic Freedom on Evolution Controversy, Says Discovery Institute

“No doubt the Darwin-only lobby will claim the Education Department letter as victory because it makes clear that states are not required to teach the theory of intelligent design,” said Bruce Chapman, president of the Discovery Institute.

“But the question posed by the Montana state official was a red herring,” Chapman stated. “No one that we know of has suggested that the federal law requires teaching intelligent design.” (Emphasis added)

Perhaps Chapman should be paying attention to articles coming out of his own institute. This one co-authored by Chapman himself argues that the Santorum Language has “the effect of law.” Sen. Santorum himself wrote an editorial in the Washington Times which outlined his motivations for proposing the language.

[I]ntelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes…. In order to protect intellectual freedom in the classroom from the dangers of political correctness, I drafted an amendment to an education bill that emphasizes how students studying controversial issues in science, such as biological evolution, should be allowed to learn about competing interpretations.

If this isn’t someone arguing that the federal law requires the teaching of ID, I don’t know what is.

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Posted by James Buckingham on March 15, 2004 11:21 AM

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